Chaplin’s World museum by Grévin Museums will be inaugurated on April 16 in Switzerland to mark the 127th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth. The entertainment museum will then open its doors to the public on April 17.
Chaplin’s World is located the Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland where the actor spent the last third of his life from 1952 until 1977 with his wife and eight children.
“Dozens of different craftsmen have worked passionately on this project for a number of years and will continue to provide their best efforts until April 16, when we shall be celebrating the 127th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth as we present an exceptional site dedicated to the Leonardo de Vinci of motion pictures,” said Jean-Pierre Pigeon, Manager of the Chaplin’s World.
Designed by the Confino Agency and staged by Grévin, Chaplin’s World will provide visitors with an immersive form of entertainment examining the private life and professional work of the legendary actor.
Visitors will be able to visit Chaplin’s private manor-house as “guests,” allowing them to retrace Chaplin’s family life and his experience in Switzerland.
They will also get a chance to immerse themselves in sets from iconic films such as the garden of the flower shop in City Lights or the barbershop in The Dictator.
The museum will feature a history of Chaplin’s filmmaking career enabling visitors to discover or rediscover Chaplin’s films. Grévin, known for its wax museums, will provide 30 wax figures created for Chaplin’s World that will include Charlie Chaplin and other celebrities he spent time with.
More than just a museum, Chaplin’s World will be a cultural center comprising 3,000 square meters of exhibition spaces and constantly changing exhibitions, film screenings, festivals and an art gallery featuring graphic art from around the world. It will have its own movie theater and an outdoor stage for events.
The 14 hectare grounds overlooking Lake Geneva that comprise the Manoir de Ban also feature century-old trees, terraces, gardens and pathways for visitors to discover. The region has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its universal value. Nearby is also the site of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Chillon Castle and the Olympic Museum.